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Old 12th June 2013, 08:42 AM
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Rototrua - rough around the edges - only place we've had our car broken into - i would avoid it personally - but everyone is different and i am sure there are many people who find it a wonderful place...

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Thank you for all your advice

It's difficult making life changing decisions when you're half way around the world
We currently live in Cornwall and therefore are spoilt in many ways but it doesn't have many opportunities.

We want a better life for our Daughter but I guess we'll have to go where the work is

Some people would say Cornwall isn't that great and certain areas stink of seaweed so it's all relative and personal opinions

We know more when we come out in a few weeks - as my husband has 3 interviews at schools in North Shore, Aucklandand 1 in Mount Maunrangi

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Hi Rebecca.

Wanted to take some time and answer some of your concerns about Rotorua. The first thing I would do is to keep in mind why you are moving to New Zealand, a better quality for you and your family. There must be something pulling you here.

Although we currently live in Rotorua, this would not have been my first pick. It was close to where my husband works. It was an opportunity to move here and we jumped on it. We are house hunting and moving to the small town where he works. Rotorua has a large tourist footprint, especially Asians, who like clockwork, invade the Redwoods and certain areas within the town. Harmless enough I guess. The town has a small mall with basic stores. I have found clothes shopping to be expensive here, but so in New Zealand in general. People here are friendly, no issues meeting others. Due to the tourist trade, many jobs for spouses are working on weekends. I refuse to look at anything that means after a long week at work that my husband sits at home alone. We enjoy getting out and about and exploring. I can honestly say, the tourist spots here are too expensive for me and I have only been to a few.

Housing will be your biggest challenge. I checked and the only furnished units are indeed arethe ones I mentioned. This would mean a daily drive to take your child to school. They require a minimum of 2 mths and then you can go on a month to month basis. Rents will be 300 to 400 for an unfurnished home near a good school. These are great family based neighborhoods. There is a store where I bought my furniture at instead of the name brand store. Houses are overpriced here, with the average in your targeted areas of 300 K to 500K and a on long on market time. I looked at a home next to ours that was beaten up, dirty and needed quite a bit of work and they were asking 460K. The prices are high because of it being a tourist town. I am looking at a comparable home where my husband works for 225K. I understand Auckland is north of 700K for homes. The rules for buying a home is quite more restrictive for non-residents than if you get residency. You must put down 20 to 30% but as little as 5% when you gain residency.

Activities for kids are typical here but if you are looking closer at at the coast, they have surf clubs that kids belong to. We have gone many a time to the beach and seen the kids learning water skills, running races, learning to knee board. It seems like its a lot like scouts. The beaches are never far away, even from Rotorua.

I guess I would say that we did not hesitate taking a job here in Rotorua because it got us over here and nothing needs to be forever. The people are nice, the town and you can't really smell anything in the neighborhoods you are looking at. Take a look at -all the opportunities presented to you and then decide. I will PM you my phone #. I will be in Fiji the 21 through the 27th

Hopes this helped

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Hi Ricci

Thank you yet again for the invaluable information you provided

Can I ask where you are based / looking to move to?

Also - where did you buy your furniture as I feel if we do end up in NZ, it will be so much easier to rent unfurnished and then just go buy what is needed

My Husband, Kieren mentioned about leasing / hiring a car until the finances settle down - to then go buy a run around.
Would it be possible for an expat just coming out?

Same goes for mobile phones etc as we won't have a credit history but we'll bring our iPhones out - so it will be the sim only contracts we need.

Are there many play parks for our Daughter?

Just wondered, being 4 years old how much is around to keep her entertained until she starts school in Jan 2014?
Can you advise on good schools?

Just wondered if it's like the UK, where even if it is a grade 1 ofstead - it doesn't mean they are top quality schools
I prefer personal recommendations - although I understand that each child is different!

Have a great time in Fiji - I forget that all of that will be close by

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Hi Rebecca

We are currently living in the Tihiotonga neighborhood. High on the hills. Beautiful views and quiet. There is a pony club and a beautiful park near by. We are moving to Tokoroa which is where my husband works. We have heard many people talk bad about the town, but like anywhere, it's the neighborhood. We are buying a home next month because it's the house I want and moving in after our lease expires in October.

Many Moms take their kids to the Redwoods and I always see groups of them meeting up, walking together and socializing there. You would have no trouble meeting other Moms there. I wish I could give you info on schools but don't have kids or know anyone who does. The Lynmore, Western Heights and Springfield areas would all be quite excellent.

Getting phone service established will not be a problem, you just need a job so don't worry about credit. No one cares about your credit back home. It starts here.

Auto rental is very expensive. My husbands company paid for our rental for 2 months. Hertz was $3,000 a month. I rented a car from Pegasus rentals for a week and it was 60$ a day. Because this is a tourist town, you will not get a good rate. I would look at a few options. 1. Buy a used car outright. We bought one from Bay of Plenty Motors for under 15,000. 2. There is a carpark where people display their cars for sale, especially on the weekends. You can pick up a car for 3,000 to 5,000 easy. A short term solution for sure. There is also a used dealership in Hamilton that finances cars to those on working visa, they require 25 to 30% down and will finance for the length of your visa.

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Hello

Could I ask about utility bills?
Again Cornwall is very high...even higher than London for water and council tax so trying to build a picture.

I know again it's relative but we've never rented so unsure how high we can go per month as we have to live on just my husband's wage until our daughter starts school in January

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Could I ask about utility bills?
Again Cornwall is very high...even higher than London for water and council tax so trying to build a picture.

I know again it's relative but we've never rented so unsure how high we can go per month as we have to live on just my husband's wage until our daughter starts school in January

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also from Cornwall - we found utilities cheaper, less bills to pay. we pay $350 week rental for a 4 bed and can live fine on a $70,000 salary, although with not a lot left over for trips away etc. BUT it can take ages for teachers new to the system to be paid- OH started in the Jan wasn't paid properly until June (it was all back paid, but some lean times while waiting) and I have just had the same experience. You'll need some extra in the bank to tide you over.
where in cornwall are you?

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Thank you for your reply

We are currently in Redruth

We've recently sold our house aswell, so we're ready to make the move now!!!

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We are currently in Redruth

We've recently sold our house aswell, so we're ready to make the move now!!!

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Lovely place where you live Rebecca,
We have very good friends who live at Bridge, Portreath.
They've already visited and hopefully we'll talk them into heading out NZ bound in the next couple of years.

Good luck.

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Thank...Cornwall is beautiful and I have lived here all my life, which is why NZ (I hope) will be quite close to Cornwall but it's overpriced, too crowded and the climate is bad (for me)

Praying that NZ will offer what we need!!

Can someone give me an honest opinion of the climate in Rotorua - it's the cold, wet weather that I have to avoid

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